Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators and KultureCity have been nominated by StadiumBusiness for their 2019 Sustainability and Community Award thanks to sensory inclusion initiatives enacted by the organizations.
The Predators and the arena partnered with KultureCity - a leading nonprofit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs - in October of 2018 to accommodate and provide a positive experience for all guests and fans with sensory needs who visit Bridgestone Arena.
Sensory bags are available in the building and include noise-reducing headphones, fidget toys and a feelings thermometer.
"We are honored to be recognized for our partnership with KultureCity and efforts to be as inclusive of a venue and organization as possible," Nashville Predators Vice President of Event Operations David Chadwell said. "The Predators want everyone to be able to experience the thrill of attending events in Smashville, and KultureCity is providing a fantastic opportunity for us to accomplish that goal."
"I have personally attended several Predators games this season, and although the experience is thrilling, it can be overwhelming for certain fans," COO of KultureCity Uma Srivastava said. "It's an honor to have our partnership recognized, and we hope to continue to include everyone in the Nashville community, no matter their ability."
Launched in 2010, The StadiumBusiness Awards are the first industry awards for the stadium sector, by the stadium sector.